Houston & Peach

Man indicted on murder charges in 1994 Warner Robins bathtub death

PERRY -- A grand jury has indicted a Warner Robins man on murder charges in a bathtub drowning case more than two decades old.

Homer Ridley III, 42, was indicted Tuesday by a Houston County grand jury on one count of malice murder and two counts of felony murder in the drowning death of Summer Gleaton.

The 20-year-old Gleaton was found drowned in the bathtub of her Terry Street home on Dec. 1, 1994.

Ridley is accused of binding Gleaton’s wrists and ankles and submerging her under water in the tub. District Attorney George Hartwig declined to discuss how investigators pieced together the cold-case puzzle.

“That’s going to all come out down the road as we move forward with the case,” Hartwig said.

Ridley is currently serving a life sentence in a Georgia prison for an Aug. 22, 1988, rape in Houston County, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections’ website. He began his sentence July 12, 1995, several months after Gleaton’s body was found in her home.

Ridley is expected to transferred to the Houston County jail within the next 30 days to be booked on the murder charges, Hartwig said.

“I just look forward to moving the prosecution of this case forward and presenting the facts of this case to a Houston County jury in the courtroom,” Hartwig said.

Warner Robins police Lt. Scott McSwain, the lead investigator on the case, and Jennifer Parson, public information officer for Warner Robins police, both referred comment to Hartwig.

According to a story previously reported by The Telegraph, Gleaton’s body was found at her home in the Wilshire Estates Mobile Home Park after a relative asked police to check on the woman’s welfare. Gleaton, the mother of a small child, was last seen alive the morning before her body was discovered.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.